Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Children - 3 Reasons to Sign Up Your Kids

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Children – 3 Reasons to Sign up Your Kids

There’s a plethora of activities out there for your young ones to choose from. Even if you’ve settled on signing them up for a martial arts course, there is still a range of options. We believe that signing up your children for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the right decision for them in many aspects. Not only will they learn how to fend for themselves, they will also embrace values of confidence, discipline, respect and many other positive qualities.

Learn with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

When you mention learning to kids, most will think of a chore that they have to do to keep their parents satisfied. However, in Jiu Jitsu, there is much more to learning. Besides educating themselves in an efficient form of self-defense, children can learn many life lessons that transcend the boundaries of Jiu Jitsu. Your young ones will learn the values of control, efficiency and patience, both in real life and martial arts applications. If you want to make sure that your children learn how to be better human beings, Jiu Jitsu is the right choice for you.

Instill confidence in your children

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is perfect for those children which are shy or maybe not as social as the others. BJJ is the ideal element to boost your child’s confidence greatly. No matter how athletic your kid may be, with constant positive reinforcement, they are bound to improve their confidence over time. Given how practical the sport is, the confidence they gain will be practical in nature. What’s more, this newly gained confidence will transfer to other areas of life.

Physical fitness

In an era of video games and social media, it can be hard to get your kids to go out and play. BJJ is just the thing to kickstart your kids’ desire for a healthy lifestyle. Good habits are important to be formed at a young age so that they stick with them throughout life. At our practices, your kids will burn calories and improve on balance, coordination and flexibility. And all that while learning how to defend themselves. In this way, BJJ teaches your child how to take care of their body in all aspects.

If you’re looking for a professional to teach your kids the foundations of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you’ve come to the right place. At RMA Jiu Jitsu, your child will learn self-defense and improve in all aspects of their life. Our instructors will make sure that your young ones take the best from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Along the way, they will grow into exceptional members of the society.

What to Pack for Summer Snacks and School Lunches?

What To Pack For Summer Snacks And School Lunches?

Often we run out of ideas on what to pack our kids for their summer snacks and school lunches. As a gym owner, Martial Arts Professor at RMA Jiu Jitsu I understand the importance of a balanced and nutritious diet for the most important piece of our lives, our kids. However, during the school year, my wife is on Pinterest and I’m helping her with the brilliant ideas! But are we giving them enough? Just looks pretty or is also nutritious? What’s the right amount? We decided to speak with a Professional to make sure their body is having the right fuel. Erin Murrell is a nutritionist, Physical Fitness, Personal Coaching and a Mom. She gave wonderful insight and ideas for our little one’s lunch!

What’s For Lunch?

Because of the fact that I am not just a nutrition coach, but also a mom, I am often asked what I pack in my child’s school lunch. I think the majority of the time parents ask me this, it’s because their kids are getting bored of their normal lunches. But secondarily, we need to think about fueling our children’s minds and bodies for their day, especially if their day involves after-school sports activities, which can be mentally and physically draining. When selecting foods to include in a balanced lunch (or any meal), there are two different ways of looking at food groups:

1) Macronutrients
2) The USDA’s five food groups

First, let’s talk macronutrients. All the food we eat is composed of one or more of the 3 macronutrients. They are:


Choosing a food from each of these categories will ensure a balance of fast-digesting nutrients for quick energy (think carbs) and slow-digesting nutrients for sustained alertness and fuel throughout the afternoon (think proteins and fats). Choosing a meal with these 3 macronutrients in mind may look something like this:

Sliced turkey – protein
Whole-grain crackers – carbohydrates
Peanut butter – fats

But I think we can do better than that! What about our fruits and veggies?

This brings me to the second category of food groupings which we need to be mindful of – the USDA five food groups. Most of us grew up learning about the food pyramid which recommends we eat from a variety of categories:


So let’s consider the sample lunch from above and add to it:

Sliced turkey – protein
Whole-grain crackers – carbohydrates, grains
Grapes – carbohydrates, fruit
Carrot sticks – carbohydrates, vegetables
Peanut butter – fats
String cheese – dairy

We’ve now managed to get items in all 3 macronutrient categories AND all 5 food groups. You see there is some overlap between categories and some foods fit into multiple categories. This is fine and helps ensure we are getting a balance of energy for blood chemistry stability and an array of necessary vitamins and minerals.

We could deep dive even further into proper ratios of each macronutrient, food combinations for sports performance, or benefits of all the categories of carbohydrates – starchy, fibrous, complex, and simple – but those are topics for another day or a discussion with your nutritionist or physician. For now, eat a variety of food groups and colors, stick to mostly fruits, veggies, and lean proteins, and select foods your children will enjoy to keep meals healthy AND fun.

As always reach out to me with questions or for a sample lunch meal plan at